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Патент USA US2131825

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Oct. 4, 1938.
Filed March 22, 1935
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Patented Oct. 4, 1938
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Clifton s.-su1tzer,ned WingMinn., assigner to
Louise E. Sultzer, Red Wing, Minn. .
Application March 22, 1935, Serial No.` 12,393
5 claims.l (ci. 116-120)
My invention -relates to an improvement in
games of a type designed for use by a player
hearing the description of a football’game or the
like, broadcast over the radio.
In listening to `the broadcast 'of a 'football
game over the radio, the listener is often times
confused by the terms used by the announcer. ‘
It is also a fact Athat the game is often less inter
These and other objects and novel features of
my invention will be more `fully and clearly set
forth in the following specification and claims.
`In the drawing forming part of the specifica
esting through the lack of a pictorial view of the
Figure 1 discloses my folder in partially opened
form in the position it might assume while being
10 position of the ball on the playing field. It is
Voften found that the information broadcast by
the radio announcer provides more detailed in
used torecord a football broadcast.
Figure 2 discloses the reverse sides of the folder
laid out in flat formation.
formation on the events taking place than are
observed by the usual spectator. However, if
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the position of the _ball on the playing field, the
game often lacks the interest it would otherwise
have. In order to graphically show the „position
disclosing an alternative form of construction.
accurate records.>
` It is an object of my invention to provide a
folder containing a chart illustrating a `playing
fieldA and to provide a simple adjustablemeans to
disclose the position of the ball at all times. My
Figure 5 is a detail view of a> corner of my
folder, disclosing a-pad o-f record sheets which
may be used rather than the single sheet of the _
folder illustrated in Figure 1.
The folder A comprises a` front cover I0, a
record second page II, a third page I2 illus
trating diagrammatically a football field, >and `a
rear page> I3 on which appears various rules and
'formationsto clarify theV broadcast. The cover
I!) merely provides a decoration for the folder
and'may comprise an advertisement for a prod
uct as disclosed.
invention also provides a means of disclosing at
The record sheet II comprising the second
page of the folder is preferably formed as dis 30
a glance the number of yardswhich have been
made and which remain to be made in any series
each of which comprises a complete space for
.pair of guides mounted longitudinally along a
chart of a playing field and to mountupon these
guides markers to denote the position of the ‘ball
at any time and to disclose‘the yardsmade `_or
remaining to be made in any series of downs.
It is a feature of my invention to providein
combination with the playing ñeldfa chart in
which the records of the game may be accurately
kept. Theyadjustable markers usedl in‘combina
tion with the playing ñeld may be readily ad
45 justed with the end of a pencil and the pencil
may be used also to mark. downthe recordsof
the essential statistics of- the game.
closedand is divided into various sections I4,
records of a single game.
" In preferred form, my invention comprises a
Figure 4 is a sectional View similar to'Figure 3,
mark the progress of the game'with the‘use of
certain predetermined symbols. Such» a `chart,
however, is dil’licult to form and somewhat of a
knowledge `of a game is necessary in order to keep
Figure 3 is asection on the line 3_3 >of Fig
ure '1.
the listener to a broadcast cannot actually see
of the ball on the playing field, large charts are
20 sometimes prepared by which a listener may
«It is also a feature of my invention'to provide
the listener »may more readily understand the
\ `in combination with a chart disclosing a playing
The sheet I I disclosed
in Figure 1 has, for lexamplanine sections I4 for
keeping records of nine games during a season. 35
This number of sections has been chosen as most
amateur football teams do'not> play more than
:nine games duringthe football season, so that
the sheet Il would form a complete record of
the year of every game. Obviously, the number
of sections I4"on the sheet II may be varied at
In each of the sections I4 columns I5 are pro
vided for recording the nameî of the team playing
and `recording separately ¿statistics from` each
»period of the Ygame as well as,` the total for all of
the periods. The statistics which arejlisted are
written in horizontal columns defined by trans
50 ñeld and diagram for use in -following a «football
radio broadcast, charts showing the usual `com
versely extending lines l5 and may include any
statistics ‘usually recorded from a game such as
the number of ñrst'downs, the number of fum
, mon forms of offense and defense used in modern
day football. By `this means the `listener may
bles, 'the number of forward passes completed,
readily note the various forms of line-up `which
55 may be described by the radio announcer so that
the score, and the like. ‘
The third sheet of the folder A", designated by
the numeral'- I‘Zon the drawing, illustrates a 55
playing field I1 which is divided by transversely
extending lines IB simulating the yard lines on a
football field. These lines I 8 are equi-distant
apart, and the distance between adjacent lines
represents ten yards
on the
playing field.
Lighter lines I9, midway between the lines IB,
represent ñve yard lines. Even lighter lines 2|]
can be provided if desired, to represent each yard
along the field. Suitable indicia 22 along the
10 sides of the playing field I1 designate the various
lines, so that any yard line along the playing lield
may be readily found in a minimum of time.
At either end of the playing field I1, I provide
an arcuate cut 23 which forms a pair of oppositely
15 disposed ears 24. A ñne wire 25 is looped under
one of these ears 24, extended the length of the
playing field I1, and is fastened beneath the
other ear 24. In this manner I provide a pair of
fine Wires stretched tightly the length of the play
20 ing field I1 in parallel relationship. On one of
the parallel wires I provide a tube 26 of composi
tion, metal, paper or any suitable material, which
is just the length of the distance between the
ten yard marking lines I8. This tube 26 repre
25 sents the ten yard chain of the head linesman;
and one end of the tube is set at the point where
a common defensive arrangement. Thus when
the radio announcer describes certain formations
which the players are assuming on the field, the
listener may at a glance note the arrangement of
which the announcer speaks. A better picture of Cn
the game may in this way be obtained. For ex
ample, when the announcer speaks of a 6--2
2_1 arrangement of a defensive team, the actual
positions of the various players can be seen.
On the sheet I3 of the folder A, I may also de
scribe various rules and explanation of points
of the game, for the purpose of clarifying the
game in the minds of the listeners. A list of
penalties and the reasons for such penalties may
be provided. A playing ñeld illustrating the ar
rangement of the players for a kick-off designated
in Figure 2 by the numeral 28, may also be pro
I have described my folder as comprising a
single folded sheet. It may be desirable in some 20
instances, to provide a pad 29 of sheets, as illus
trated in Figure 5, to make the folder accom
modate a greater number of game records. In
this modification, a pad 29 of sheets is merely se
cured to the page II of the folder A, each sheet
bearing forms for containing records of one or
the ball is set in play for a series of downs and - more games.
clearly illustrates at all times the number of
yards made in a series of downs, and the yards yet
30 to be made in a series of downs to make a first
On the other parallel stretch of the wire 25, I
provide a bead 21 which is slidable along this wire
to any point on the playing field. This bead 21
35 simulates the ball, and is moved back and forth
along the field as the game is played, showing at
all times the exact position of the ball on the play
ing field. The tube 25 and bead 21 are drawn into
engagement with the board by the tightness of
40 the wires.
In listening to the radio broadcast, the an
nouncer first will describe the kick-01T.
The ball
is placed on the forty yard line for this play; and
the listener slides the bead 21 to the forty yard
45 line. After the ball is kicked, it is picked up by
the opposing team, and run out to, for example,
the twenty-two yard line. The bead is then ad
justed to the opposite twenty-two yard line, and
the tube 26 is moved along the wire 25 until the
50 end thereof nearest the adjacent goal line is on
the twenty-two yard line. Say, for example, that
on the first down the team with the ball runs the
ball to the twenty-seven yard line, for a gain for
i'lve yards. The bead 21 is moved to the twenty
55 seven yard line; the tube 26 remaining in the
previously adjusted position. This is the position
of the ball‘in Figure l of the drawing. In this
figure, the team defending the left goal has pos
session of the ball, and it may be seen at a glance
60 that the team has ñve yards to go for a ñrst
down. The tube 26 is only moved when one team
or the other has possession of the ball for a first
As first down, or forward passes are made, or
65 the ball is fumbled, or scores are made, these
statistics are recorded in the sections I4 of page
two of the folder, designated by the numeral II.
In this manner a record of the game may be kept
for future use.
The fourth page of the folder A, designated by
the numeral I3, illustrates diagrammatically sev
eral playing fields 28 on which are arranged dia
grammatically the various common offensive and
’ defensive arrangements of players. Each playing
iield illustrates a common offensive line-up, and
Figure 4 illustrates a slightly different form of
support for holding the Wire 25 stretched across
the playing field. In this form, a metal clip 30 is
provided, having a body portion 32, pointed ears
33 which extend through the folder A and are
clinched over on the opposite side of the sheet,
and a hook tongue 34 within which the wire 25
is looped. Other means may be provided, as well
as those speciñcally shown, for holding the Wire
25 in position longitudinally across the playing
field I1.
If desired, my bead may be in the form illus
trated in Figure 4 of the drawing. In this modi 40
fication, the bead 35 is square in shape, and the
various sides 36 and 31 are differently colored.
By turning the bead so that one color is displayed
while one team is in possession of the ball, and
so that another color is displayed while the other 45
team is in possession of the ball, the direction of
travel of the ball may at all times be noted. It
will be noted that one face of the bead 35 engages
the playing field I1 while the opposed surface is
displayed, preventing rotation of the bead until 50
I have provided a game which may be played
in co-ordination with a football radio broadcast.
This game illustrates at all times the position of
the ball and the yards which must be made for 55
a first down. My game thus provides a visible
means of showing the exact position of the ball
on the playing ñeld, and is used in combination
with a record sheet for statistics, and with an
explanation for doubtful points of the game.
In accordance with the patent statutes, I have
described the principles of operation of my game,
and while I have endeavored to set forth the best
embodiment thereof, I desire to have it under
stood that this is only illustrative of a means of 65
carrying out my invention, and that obvious
changes may be made within the scope of the fol
lowing claims without departing from the spirit
of my invention.
I claim:
1. A game including a playing field, simulating
a football field, a guide extending longitudinally
of said field, slidableA and rotatable polygonal
means on said guide for indicating the position
of a ball on the field in accordance with the 75
position of a ball on the field of a game being
broadcast, and means on said slidable means
made visible by rotating said rotatable and slid
able means for indicating which team is in pos
session of the ball.
2. A game board including a base board, a pair
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vtongues formed in said base board> defined by
slots in said board, said slots terminating along
parallel lines, a loop extending beneath said
tongues and extending over the game board be
tween said tongues, and a slidable and rotatableV
indicator having indicia bearing ñat sides mount
.ed on said loop.
5. A game device comprising a sheet of fold
of clips each anchored in said base board and
having a bodyl portion overlying a portion of said
board, a spring tongue doubled back from said lable material, a portion of said foldable sheet
having a pair of oppositely disposed arcuated
10 body portion to form a normally closed hook, a
loop extending between said clips and anchoredY slots therein, said slots providing arcuated
in said hooks formed by said tongues, and a slid
tongues each having a thickness corresponding to
able and rotatable indicator having indicia bear
ing flat sides mounted on said loop.
3. A game board including a base board, a loop
stretched over said game .board and anchored
at opposite ends, and a cubicularslidable member
slidablymounted on one Vside of said loop’ and
slidable between said opposite ends of said game
"20 board, one surface thereof engaging said base
board to prevent rotation thereof unless desired,
said cubicular member bearing indicia on some
of its sides.
1 >4. A ' game board including a base board,
the entire thickness of the sheet portion, the
free ends of said tongues extending in opposite
directions, and the sheet portion providing a 15
continuously flat surface between said tongues,
a loop extending over the foldable sheet portion
between said slots, said loop extending through
one end of each slot, beneath the tongue within
said slot, and through the other end of each slot, 20
and a slidable indicator on said loop', said indi
cator being held in engagement with the foldable
sheet by said loop. Y
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